Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dog Park Closed! But Cinnamon Doesn't Mind

Here's the bridge leading to the trails
Yesterday we headed out to the Lucky Dog Park in Brush Prairie. I've been neglected lately so it's about time we got back into a routine. AND ABOUT TIME I GOT TO HAVE FUN! As we headed down the country road, I got really excited.

And then I saw the sign, "Dog Park Closed for Renovation!" Oh no! I remembered that this would happen eventually. But I guess eventually had arrived. Lucky Dog Park was closed. We went down to the park and it was filled with construction vehicles. No dogs in sight. I was so disappointed.

But just then my owner had an idea. Maybe we could visit the little garden down the road for a quick walk. Well, that was OK for a consolation prize, I guess.

So we went into the parking lot by the public school offices and parked (no one was there on Saturday) and started walking toward the Wildlife Botanical Gardens. But then we spied a little bridge toward the back of the parking lot (to the left of the building) and decided to explore.
I found an educational tree

A trail headed into a beautiful woods with large trees, ferns, budding mushrooms and lots of smells to sniff. Some of the trees had labels on them. This was an educational woods. We explored the trail and noticed greenhouses, sheds and an amphitheater. Just think, if it hadn't been for the closure of my dog park, I would have never found this great little place.

We kept going and came upon a pond. I looked more closely at the reeds and the water and SCARED SOME DUCKS AND FROGS. I swear, there were over a dozen frogs that jumped into the water when they saw me coming along to sniff them. Scaring frogs is fun!

After that excitement, we continued on the trail back into the woods. The trails went for a long distance. They were in back of the farms we usually see on the road to the dog park. We even smelled the cows at the dairy farm. Phew!

Here's where I scared the frogs!
So as the rains started to head our way, we turned around and headed back. I enjoyed exploring the woods, sniffing some strange smells and learning more about trees and the habitat there. I think I'll go back again!



The educational site includes 80 acres of trails, gardens, orchard, berry garden, creek, ponds, meadows, greenhouses, arboretum, amphitheater, NatureScaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens, and Compost Demonstration site. Trails may be used after school during daylight hours.  (and, I found, on weekends) They ask you leave no trace of your visit and they provide doggie cleanup bags at the entrance.  They ask that you keep all pets on a leash and pick up after them. 
 
Here's the back of the farms. This is where I smelled the cows. Yuck!
Love, Cinnamon the Explorer

Friday, October 17, 2014

Long Beach Peninsula, Washington: Why Dogs Love It There



Vegas will tell you everything you need
to know about vacationing
on the Long Beach Peninsula
I'm biting my tongue as I write this. While I was at the Doggie Country Club (getting bitten in the cheek) my owner was having a fabulous time AT THE BEACH. And she had the nerve to show me the pictures

I've been to the beach several times and love it, love it, love it! First I stayed at the dog-friendly Adrift Hotel right by the Boardwalk and Discovery Trail. And then I got to luxuriate at the Lighthouse Oceanside Resort where I had my own room and quick access to the beach where I could scare the seagulls.

I had a great time. But now I am itching (don't worry... I am flea-free) to go back. Here's what I found out about The Long Beach Peninsula.

The first thing you'll notice is that they are VERY DOG FRIENDLY. When you arrive at the Visitor's Center you will most likely be greeted by Vegas, the boxer. He is one of the volunteers there. In fact they call him their "Barketing Director!" Vegas greets everyone and makes sure they leave with plenty of brochures and good tips on visiting the Long Beach Peninsula. Once he was nominated for Volunteer of the Month. But he didn't win because there are some marvelous and knowledgeable volunteers competing with him.

The next thing you'll notice is that the Long Beach Peninsula has a golf course... a very special golf course. The Peninsula Golf Course allows dogs! Dogs area allowed to walk on the course and even to ride in the golf carts. In nice weather dogs can relax on the patio of the Cove Restaurant with their owners and enjoy a sandwich or a beer. Their special dog is named Hunter. He is rather elderly, but still enjoys a ride on a golf cart. He sent me his autographed photo. Thank you, Hunter! The Peninsula Golf Course is open year  'round.

Hunter likes to ride in golf carts!
My owner also found out that there are CRANBERRY DOGS at the beach. At Starvation Alley Farms, an organic cranberry farm, there are a couple of really active dogs who run and play while their owners work to raise cranberries for their famous juice. Starvation Alley “Cranberry for Concoctions” cranberry juice contains no additives or sweeteners and is fresh pressed every month. 

Here's the Cranberry Dog Pack socializing by the cranberry bog.
There are two Starvation Alley bogs that are farmed. When the dogs got together with the dogs from the Adrift Hotel's family, things were great fun. There was a cranberry harvest going on and all the dogs were watching, playing and having a wonderful time. Cranberry harvest is fun for dogs (and people too!). 

The head Cranberry Dog supervises the harvest.
And then there are ORGANIC FARM DOGS. Out at Biocharm Farms, where they believe that "soil is everything," there is a little soil colored dog who loves to visit with people in the garden. He's a dusty coal color so I think he got into the BioChar they have there! It's an interesting place to visit and to learn about organic farming and soil enrichment techniques. Maybe you'll  get to visit the hen house. Hey have some HUGE chickens there.

Here's the BioChar dog. He owns the organic farm!
So the Long Beach Peninsula isn't just about running on the beach. There are lots of things to do and see and dogs can go too! When you go, stop in at the Visitors Center and say hi to Vegas for me!

More Information
Long Beach Visitors Center

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: A Driftwood Dog House

Driftwood Doghouse
This is from my beach walk at Point No Point on the Kitsap Penninsula. I could say more but it IS Wordless Wednesday. (I think I'll go back to bed now!)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Country Club Drama: Cinnamon Gets it in the Face

Here's the entrance to my Country Club
You would think that my Country Club stays would be all about fun and pampering. But in reality, there are some major challenges... challenges in affable facades. Let me tell all! (grab a cup of tea for this one.)

I had been at my Country Club for three days when the tide turned. I'd been playing with the puppies and the elder dogs, and resting too. Life was good. I got two squares and all the water I could drink. People played with me. Life was good.

Enter Goldie, the Golden Retriever. Goldie was one of those two faced Beverly Hills type dogs. Innocent on the outside.. only. She was a blue blood and probably had papers (I only have a rabies certificate!). She acted nice so she had the people fooled.

On Sunday, I was sitting next to Goldie minding my own business watching the younger dogs play. She was sitting there in all her blonde glory basking in the sunlight. The people thought she was so sweet. They petted her and brushed her golden hair. She was the darling of the play yard. Well, that's because they couldn't understand what she said. She was a two faced gossip. People don't understand dog language, that's for sure.

Goldie? Innocent? NOT!

Here's a gang of Mexican street dogs.
Goldie insisted that I was once part of this gang.
All of a sudden she started talking to me. And it wasn't pretty. She said she heard that I was nothing but a street dog from Mexico. What? I was from NEW MEXICO! She was really mean.

She taunted me and went on to suggest that I must be part of a Mexican dog treat cartel... Dealing in illegal dog treats. A Mexican dog treat cartel! Imagine!

Yo soy una buena perra! I am a good dog! I follow most all laws... really!

Then she started to tell me my nails were too long. I gave her "the look."

I think she was just trying to start something. She kept taunting me, insulting my heritage and my homeland. I had enough and told her to shut up! Cállate, I said.

See... New Mexico is in the US!
And that's when she growled and lunged for me. Of course she made sure no one was watching first. She took a nip out of the side of my face! Ouch! That me me mad! So I nipped her ear. :) She didn't like that and whined to the people in charge.

They ran over and looked at both of us. There was blood on both of us. I required first aid. They put hydrogen peroxide on my wound and it stung.  And they told me it was MY fault.. It certainly wasn't. She started it!

We were separated. No big loss, I thought. I think she was jealous because I am a celebrity. I am a well known blogger.  She was also jealous because word got around that I was getting a spa treatment before I went home.
Here's what Goldie did to me. Click on the photo to enlarge it. You can see the scar on my cheek. :(

By yesterday I felt just fine. The swelling had gone down and, luckily, Goldie's owners picked her up. (I saw their Mercedes drive up the long drive to the Club.) My spa appointment time came. The people came and took me to the spa room. They had a fancy tub with sweet smelling shampoo. I told them I might need a facial after what happened to me. BUT ALL THEY WERE GOING TO DO IS GIVE ME A BATH! I put up with it and they washed all the dust out of my coat. I came out shiny and smelling gorgeous. I am sure Goldie didn't have it so good!

So when my owner arrived yesterday afternoon I was really glad to see her. I was shiny and smelled great. The lady in the office showed her my wound and told her version of the Goldie vs. Cinnamon story. But I am sure my owner BELIEVES ME!

I got home and was so worn out from all that drama, I just went straight to bed.

Love, Cinnamon, the good dog.




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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What I Think of My New Healthy Dog Food #PawNatural

Looks good to me!
I've been trying a new kibble, Canine PowerFood, a new holistic dog food developed by Only Natural Pet.

It's the Poultry Feast. Since I have experienced some food allergies in the past, I've learned that poultry is a pretty safe choice. I think it's beef that I am allergic to. Sometimes I get pink on the tummy and sometimes I get really itchy ears. That's how I know I am allergic to a certain food.

I am pleased to announce that I AM NOT ALLERGIC TO Canine PowerFood™ . In fact, the company makes the food from all natural ingredients and is careful to avoid those that can cause allergic reactions. I like that!

So, you'll all want to know.... what does it taste like? Well, first of all it smells good. It isn't stinky like some dog foods. And secondly, it is fresh-tasting right out of the bag. I prefer a little water with my kibble and so I've been having my new food slightly dampened. And it does taste good. I look forward to my two meals a day.

I've read the fine print and know what's in the food, and it's all good! Here are the ingredients for these new foods made by Only Natural Pet:

  • Natural meat, poultry, and fish supply high-quality protein dogs crave and need for optimal health.
  • Herring oil provides the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have been extensively studied for anti-inflammatory benefits. Ground flaxseed is the source of the third major Omega-3, alpha linolenic acid, as well as lignans, which have antioxidant properties.
  • Apples, cranberries, carrots, and tomatoes have natural antioxidant content, which includes beta-carotene, lutein, anthocyanins, phenols, and bioflavonoids. Berries are well known for having the highest antioxidant content among all fruits and vegetables-cranberries being at the top of the list-and apples are right behind them.
  • Four ingredients that the body uses to maintain joint cartilage in good repair and keep joints healthy and flexible: glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, green-lipped mussels, and sea cucumbers.
  • Chicory root is a source of fructo-oligosaccharides, which nourish the gut bacteria. These bacteria play a huge role in immune system function and overall health of the body.
  • Pumpkin powder provides an array of antioxidants as well as fiber.
  • Three varieties keep your dog interested and prevent finicky behavior and immune system over-reactivity that can result from feeding the same food day in and day out for years

Here is what is in the PowerBoost
I knew you'd be impressed. I certainly was! I am very pleased that Only Natural Pet sent me the new food to try. You can order samples or a bag of food online. Since the product has just launched there are some great prices and discounts.

Gotta run... time for breakfast!

Love, Cinnamon

Wordless Wednesday: Add a Caption to my Photo

I'm trying to be wordless. Please use the comments to suggest a caption for this photo. You can see my mouth moving. What am I saying? :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Painting of MY Bench: Better Late Than Never

You may recall that I posted a survey to get input on the best bench color for my old weathered blue bench. Well that was clear back in MARCH! The winning color was turquoise and I really looked forward to my newly painted bench.
Here I am relaxing on my decrepit bench

That's when the waiting started. Nothing happened. Nothing got painted. I ended up relaxing on a paint-chipped sorry excuse for a bench FOR SIX MONTHS. SIX MONTHS, MIND YOU!

So today, there was movement in the right direction. We got in the car and pulled into the HOME DEPOT parking lot!
Here's Home Depot in Portland, just across the bridge.
We go over there to save on sales tax.
Notice how sunny it is. A great day for bench painting, I thought!

Now this Home Depot allows dogs so I hopped out of the car, and proudly walked in. I was even greeted by the Home Depot greeter at the door! We headed straight away for the paint department. There were so many choices, I didn't know where to begin.

Luckily for me there was a staffmember named David who helped us out. He spoke Spanish, too. I read that on his apron. Gracias Amigo!

So David said to pick out any color we wanted and he would mix that color in a quart of paint for MY BENCH. He recommended semi-gloss.

Here I am checking out a paint color. It was teal. Close enough to turquoise for me.
I handed the paint sample to David.
So once we chose our color (the turquoise reminded me of my home town, Santa Fe) the paint was mixed and put into a machine to make sure it was ready for painting. While they did that, I schmoozed with the other patrons and chose a brush.

We took our paint and I trotted out the door. I LIKE HOME DEPOT!

Soon we were home. My owner got everything ready and then I decided to take a nap and stay out of her way. When I woke up I saw the first coat ON MY BEAUTIFUL BENCH (Banco in Spanish). More work has to be done but I know I'll love relaxing on it.
Don't say it's too bright. It will get darker when it dries.
And, besides, I LOVE IT!

ME GUSTA MUCHO MI BANCO NUEVO!

Love, Cinnamon (the happy dog)